June 2010

I don’t think we have ever seen as many bees and bumblebees in the garden and I hope that my attempt to provide a succession of flowers attractive to them and to create an ecologically balanced garden without resorting to insecticides could be the reason.

Bees apparently favour blue and mauve flowers, which may be why so many summer-flowering plants fall across this colour range – certainly Allium cristophii and Erigeron glaucus are receiving much attention. Flowers with thin stems use movement to attract pollinators and scent is a big factor too.
Others use shape or pattern to serve as flight path landing strips. Now the variegated foliage of Trifolium repens‘Dragons Blood’ and Brunnera marophylla ‘Jack Frost’ take on a whole new significance and the flowers ofViola ‘Irish Molly’ seem more mysterious and extraordinary than ever.

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